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First year perspectives

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First year perspectives

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Janet Okwesa

"There's a multitude of reasons why I chose BSMS. I love Brighton and the course structure is really good, with dissection rooms every week. 

"I find that the early clinical contact teaches you a lot about patient information and patient engagement. It helps you with your communication skills as well."

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Michelle Riska

"What I enjoy most about my course at BSMS is that I finally get to do what I've always wanted to do. I get to study medicine and do what I love. 

"I live with other medics which is really a great advantage especially when it comes to exam time. Everyone is focused on their studies - it's a great community to live in."

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Faraaz Ahmed

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"The early clinical contact has been very enjoyable and has helped build our confidence and communication skills from the first week. This also offers us the chance to consolidate and put into practice our learning and develop key clinical skills such as taking a medical history.

"In addition, clinical placements give us the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a doctor." 

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Farazi Virk

Farazi Virk

"I enjoy the lectures at BSMS as all lecturers are passionate about their speciality. In some lectures, patients are invited to the medical school to talk about their condition and this gives us the chance to understand the condition from their point of view rather than just the theory. 

"BSMS is a friendly and small medical school. Within the first week I already knew a large chunk of the year as well as students in Year 2. I was really made to feel welcome not just from students but also from staff who are very supportive and always there to help."  

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Youssef Hassan

Youssef Hassan

"When I was searching for medical schools to apply to in the UK, many things made BSMS stand out. Firstly, BSMS has early clinical practice, which starts from the second week in Year 1. We go on placements in GP Primary Care centers and Secondary Care Hospitals. I find these placements very helpful as it introduces you to a lecture which you cannot learn in class and that it is ‘Real Life Medicine’.

"Secondly, BSMS has a cadaveric dissection room which helps me to learn my anatomy very well. The dissection room, along with availability of 3D printing objects and an excellent curriculum, makes BSMS a great place to study."

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Vanisha Victor

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"The integrated teaching methodology was what attracted me to BSMS the most. In addition to that, the opportunity to have clinical contact to apply theoretical knowledge into real-life scenarios was appealing. 

"BSMS has brought me the feeling of home away from home in just a few weeks. Everyone is friendly and there's no sense of segregation. The staff at BSMS really value the importance of a work-life balance so there's plenty of room for serious fun as well as studying." 

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Eleanor Deane

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"The staff here all want us to do our best and take into account our feedback. I enjoy the variety in our timetable, which includes lectures, smaller group teaching, dissection sessions and clinical days. I also like the fact we have our exam at the end of each term, leaving the holidays free for work and rest.

"A lot of our learning is very hands on. It has been a privilege to take part in full body dissection. Having the opportunity to follow the development of a baby and talk to the mother has been a very valuable experience. I also enjoy the clinical workshops, for example practising a cardiovascular examination. 

"I love living in Brighton and it is a great student city. There are great pubs and clubs in Brighton, which provide a great night out to balance the workload."

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Ollie Pentz

Ollie Pentz

"The medical school has great reputation for producing great doctors as well as being really fun. Doing full body dissections is a really amazing way to learn about anatomy, something that not many medical schools do anymore.

"Incorporating placement visits into first term is a really good way to get exposure to what is going on in GP surgeries as well as hospitals. It's really beneficial to your development as a medical student because you learn a lot about the medicine behind the consultations as well as how to interact with patients in a clinical context."